18. October 2017
Record Number of Entries Feature Latest Collections in Honor of Duravit’s 200th Anniversary
The Unbuilt project category provoked inspiration, asking designers to reimagine their current bathroom space with a range of Duravit products. For the brand’s 200th anniversary, Duravit prompted designers to incorporate
their latest collections: Luv by Cecilie Manz and DuraSquare, an in-house Duravit design. Participating
designers submitted a rendering or sketch of their “Duravit Dream Bathroom,” including a “Before” image to best convey how Duravit product can be used to improve and redesign a bathroom space.
Speaking on Sarah E. Wilson's winning Unbuilt entry, Duravit USA President Tim Schroeder stated, "Sarah really
highlighted how Duravit product can transform a bathroom. Her inspiration, drawn from DuraSquare’s unique
characteristics and features, led to the creation of a modern space enhanced by Duravit fixtures, putting her
entry a step above the rest. The judging panel was equally impressed with her focused design and the overall cohesion of her entire submission."
Wilson's design created a “modern getaway” for a one-story brick home. With only one bathroom, Wilson focused her design efforts on creating a space that maintained a generous amount of storage while still being inviting, spacious, and modern. Wilson used DuraSquare washbasins, furniture consoles and built-in bathtub as the foundation for a functional, design-savvy bathroom, with finishing touches including a ME by Starck compact toilet and L-Cube furniture pieces in American Walnut to solve storage and space challenges.
The Built category asked designers to showcase their own projects with Duravit fixtures completed between 2012-2017. The designs could be built for residential, hospitality, and/or commercial settings. The winner of the
Built category, Janik Lemery of Astro Design Centre, impressed the jury with his striking, Scandinavian-inspired
design and his innovative, expansive use of Duravit products. Lemery’s residential bathroom utilized Duravit’s
Cape Cod freestanding tub as a sculptural focal point and accompanied it with Starck 3 undermount basins and a P3 Comforts toilet with SensoWash seat. The balanced design took influence from the “natural world and varying textures” to create a relaxing bathroom experience, complementing this vision with Duravit’s signature
minimalist design and bathroom technology. The finished design provided a “peaceful sanctuary”, and won over the jury with its use of Duravit as both a visual centerpiece and a technological, modern asset for the bathroom.
“Janik was able to expertly convey how Duravit can be used to both enhance the durability and technology of a
bathroom, as equally as it can be used to enhance the visual aesthetic,” stated Schroeder. “Her project
exemplified the modern duality of Duravit.”
Honorable Mention winner of the Unbuilt category, Martin deSousa, utilized DuraSquare fixtures to create a luxurious bathroom. deSousa’s design incorporated DuraSquare washbasins and a DuraSquare tub to suit the entrant’s ‘contemporary style,’ creating a modernist, minimal look. Other Duravit product used included a Vero toilet to complement DuraSquare’s geometric lines, and a Stonetto Shower Tray to tie together the natural palette of the entire ensuite.
Honorable Mention winner of the Built category, Yoann Ricau, maximized a small space to create a beautifully
functional bathroom with Duravit product. The NYC bathroom was updated with a Vero washbasin, X-Large furniture, and a Starck 2 wall-hung toilet. Ricau stated, “Duravit was found to be the perfect solution to combine both minimalist aesthetics whilst optimizing the use of space.”
This year's esteemed judging panel included Paul Makovsky (Metropolis), Margaret Kim (Bjarke Ingels Group), and Wayne Turett (2016 Duravit Designer Dream Bath Competition Unbuilt winner).